Entrepreneurial Intentions on Higher Education Students

  • Teresa Maria Leitão Dieguez Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave & Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal


Entrepreneurship is an issue that causes a lot of controversy. Some people assert that becoming an entrepreneur is a solution for young students; some others argue that this statement is not so obvious, since the implementation of a business demands investment and requires capital, capital that is not easy to obtain. This article looks at a sample of 275 college students in Portugal and seeks to investigate if there is any relationship of entrepreneurial intentions of university students and some variables as training areas, higher education institutions, gender, age and family influences. To achieve this goal, a survey was carried out to college students, trying to understand how the training schools encouraged the creation of an entrepreneurial culture, in what extent students were motivated to entrepreneurship and what are their intents for the future. The results demonstrate that entrepreneurial education is the basis of cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit in college students. The training areas, the ambition of having his/her/own business, having a great idea and having family´s history of entrepreneurial characteristics are the main causes that influence entrepreneurial intentions in college students.


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How to Cite
DIEGUEZ, Teresa Maria Leitão. Entrepreneurial Intentions on Higher Education Students. International Journal of Social Sciences, Humanities and Education, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 3, p. 161-177, dec. 2018. ISSN 2521-0041. Available at: <http://ijsshe.com/index.php/ijsshe/article/view/96>. Date accessed: 17 jan. 2019.